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读书笔记 The singularity of China
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第一章上来就讲“中国的独特性”,其实对中国读者来说是最没新意的,因为最显而易见:

- 中国历史似乎上无起点,无论黄帝、孔子之前已有成形的文明;

- 而且这文明延续数千年,以“天下大事,合久必分,分久必合”为规律;

- 中国人历史上也少有民族国家的概念,只有“天下”的概念,以郑和下西洋为例,不为超出海岸线的领土扩张需求,只展示“软实力”

China's splendid isolation nurtured a particular Chinese self-perception. Chinese elite grew accustomed to the notion that China was unique -- not just "a great civilzation" among others, but civilization itself.

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